Early childhood education comes at a stage in life when a child is physically and emotionally ready to explore the world with new people and in new places. Our goal is to provide a secure enriching environment that meets the needs of each child. Children need to experience trusting, supportive relationships that will help them develop positive self-images, learn rational self-control, and thereby work toward achieving autonomy.

NCNS stresses the principle that children learn through play. Children must be allowed to explore, to create, to problem solve, and to develop at their own rate. The teachers use every opportunity to help the children become all that their potential allows.

Finally, we believe that we can more readily achieve these goals through a cooperative effort with parents. Parent involvement is very important part of a child’s nursery school experience.

Creative Curriculum

We know from educational research that children learn by doing. Through active involvement with their environment, children are better able to make sense of the world around them. By interacting with their physical and social environment, children continually broaden their frame of reference. The richer the environment, the more opportunities there are for children to learn by doing. As such NCNS has adopted The Creative Curriculum model. The role of the teacher in the Creative Curriculum is to create an environment that invites children to observe, explore, inquire, experiment and make choices.

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In The Creative Curriculum, the children’s socio-emotional development goes hand in hand with their cognitive development. As they play and interact with the classroom environment, the children are learning about sharing and cooperation. Teachers promote development of the whole child by recognizing the connection between cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical growth.

A key objective of The Creative Curriculum is to help children develop a positive attitude toward learning. The focus is on the environment where learning takes place. Units or themes still have a place in The Creative Curriculum, but the emphasis is on designing ways in which concepts and understandings can be acquired through the activities and interests of the children in each classroom. Therefore, themes explored in one geographical region may be different than the themes explored in another area since each theme must begin with what the children know and see every day.

The concept of free play is also fundamental to The Creative Curriculum. During this time, children can select activities in the various interest areas throughout the classroom. Children are free to choose as many activities as they want or spend all their time in one area or on one activity.

How will you know that the curriculum is working? By the interest and enthusiasm your children show regarding the themes they are studying. In fact, often their excitement might carry-over into some of the activities they play at home.